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Quilted wallet

I have been carrying the same wallet with me for many many years. I decided it was time for a change, and as a quilter, wanted to make something for myself. So off to the inter net to look for ideas!After blog hopping and looking at tutorials I stumbled upon That Darn Kat’s tutorial.  This wallet is so cute! I modified the pattern to make it more my style, and here is the result.

I added some extra interfacing and reinforcements, a pen holder, and changed the top pockets to be more suitable for a checkbook if needed. It is very roomy and the perfect size to carry around in your hand like a clutch or just throw it in your purse! I really hope I can get some more sewing done soon, school is really testing me this semester. Until next time, here is a sneak peak at the quilt I am currently (slowly) working on.

Happy sewing everyone!


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I want to share with you all a quilt that my twin sister made out of fat quarters. She calls it “Pristine and Purple” and that is just the perfect name! It is a full size (laying on a queen bed) and just looks amazing. It is all strip piecing, and went together super fast.

It isnt finished yet, but as soon as we find the perfect backing and get it quilted we will share finished pictures! I just couldnt wait to share this amazing top with you all. She has also made this fantastic t-shirt quilt for our high school wrestling coach. We have stayed close friends since school and she wanted to make him something special. She rounded up all of his old shirts and made this amazing quilt!

Here she is with Coach Baker!

Quilting done by hand (free motion) on her regular sewing machine. This quilt is finished just a bit larger than standard queen. I hope everyone is having a great weekend, I know we sure are enjoying these cooler temperatures here in Texas! Till next time, Happy Quilting!

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Thank you everyone that came by my blog and entered into my contest. I am just overwhelmed by the number of entries! I never could have hoped to get so many, and with it so many new quilting buddies. The winner was drawn by random generated number and the winner is….

Kimberly Cassie!
Congratulations Kimberly. I hope you enjoy your new fabric!

I have really enjoyed participating in this give-away, and I hope that I will be able to do them more often. For now, I must go finish my homework for school (so much homework!) so I can have all weekend to work on my current quilt project! Anyone remember this from last year?

It is starting to look more like this! ^_^

I cant wait to get back to it! Happy sewing everyone!

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Wow! I cannot believe the amount of entries I have received for the contest. I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments! There is still one day left to enter, so go enter here if you haven’t. (last day to enter is Sept. 6th, drawing will be on the 7th!)

School has been taking up most of my time lately, but I hope that things will die down in the next few weeks once I’m back in the swing of things. I really miss sewing! I have many (probably too many) projects lined up in front of me, and I just can’t wait to get working on them and (hopefully!) get them all finished. One of these days I am going to catalog my “UFO” quilts and line them up to get finished. Maybe I will share them all here!

Anyway! Today I want to share with you another orange quilt. This is the third (orange) I have made this year, all going to the same family. The first was for my niece, Sadie, and the second was for her mom (my sister) Ryan. This one is going to new baby girl, Ella, and was designed to coordinate with her sisters since they are sharing a room.

My intention was for this one to be more pink than orange, but then offset that with the bright orange fleece backing! Oops! 🙂 It was a scrap from my stash and ended up being the perfect size. I added little felt pieces and ribbons with buttons for texture, and quilted it on my machine with a dragonfly pattern.

I hope you enjoyed this one, until next time, Happy Sewing!

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Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and getting lots of sewing done! If you haven’t entered into my blog hop give-away, go check it out here! You have until September 6th to enter.

I have recently started my fall semester at college this year, and I found a lanyard at the bookstore with the school’s name on it for 25$! As much as I would love to demonstrate my school pride, I was not interested in paying so much for such a simple device. (especially with the large amount of money I just spent on my school books!) I went home, and dug through my scrap bag and after a few failed attempts, I came up with a unique style that is perfect for the quilter in me.

The finished project will be 1″ wide. Adjusting the length of your strip can give you longer or shorter lanyards. I had some scraps left over so I also made a few keychain size ones! (** please forgive me for switching between different colored pieces in my tutorial, It was hard to keep track while making them all! All of the strips in these pictures are the same length and width.)

You will need:

Scraps, 4″ wide (to make a solid color, you just need a 4″ wide strip as long as your measurement from the first step in “Assembly”)
1″ Key ring or other hardware of your choosing (I got a grab bag of findings from Hobby Lobby for about 1$)
Matching thread
Tape measure
Iron and ironing board


1. Take a tape measure, pretend it is a lanyard and use it to measure how long you would like your finished piece to be.  From the point where the end meets, add 3″. (ex, my measurement was 44″, add 3, your final measurement is 47″)

This is how the 47″ finished piece falls on me.

2. Seam your 4″ scraps together until you have a strip as long as your measurement. Press your seams open. (pressing to one side will add lots of bulk and make it difficult to sew together)

3. Press your strip in half lengthwise.

4. Open your strip, and press each side into the middle using your pressed line as a guide.

5. Press again down your strip with both of the sides folded in together.

6. Now head over to the sewing machine. Sew as close as you can to the edge (approx. 1/8″) all the way down the open side of your strip. (***make sure your edges are together!) I like to use a zipper foot for this step so I can see exactly where I am sewing. Once you finish the open side, turn your strip around and sew down the other side the same way, as close to the edge as you can.

7. Take your lanyard and lay it out flat. Put the ends together and flip one side so your lanyard lays like this. This will allow your lanyard to lay flat against your chest while wearing it.  Put a pin about 7 inches up from the bottom to hold it together in this position.

sewn on both sides

Finishing your lanyard:

1. Pull your hardware through one of the ends of your lanyard and fold the fabric up over it, about 1.5″ to 2″.

2. Fold the other side up, and stagger it slightly so it does not fold over where the hardware is.

Make sure your raw edges are even.

3. At your sewing machine, switch back to your normal presser foot if you switched and lay your lanyard underneath. Sew a square to secure your edges together, back stitch a few times at the beginning and the end. (***Please be careful and go slowly, you don’t want to accidentally sew over your hardware and break your needle.) When you come to an edge, leave your needle down and pick up your presser foot. Pivot your lanyard and sew again.


4. Trim your threads and you are finished!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions feel free to ask here in the comments or contact me through my email. Until next time, Happy Quilting everyone!

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